Zina, who is currently holding her first solo gallery show in London, in an interview with ArtForum, lamented how fishing and farming activities have been disrupted as a result of oil extraction.
Her words: “We don’t control the oil that is extracted and exported from under our feet, and our fishing and farming have been severely disrupted as a result of extractive processes. It’s a shame that oil was found somewhere as verdant and fecund as the Niger Delta. It would’ve been better if this had happened somewhere unpopulated, such as in a desert. But this is where the oil is, and it is in this contested landscape that I have made an artistic intervention.
"I’d been a radio and TV journalist in my past. But when approaching the Niger Delta—the place of my birth—the experience was so overwhelming for me that a journalistic lens wasn’t ever going to be fulfilling. That’s a large part of the reason why art attracted me. It gave me the latitude and the space to allow the Niger Delta to speak to me and speak through me. I wasn’t willing to go there with anything fixed in mind—I wanted the place to tell me what it wanted to say."
Her show, which is titled 'The Turquoise Meat Inside' is a photographic and video work, set in the Niger Delta and is currently on display at the Tiwani Contemporary, London until October 27, 2018.